Thinking About Soft Skills in Kindergarten
The development of soft skills and financial literacy begin early in Rockingham County. Pictured above is Mr. Steve Scott, president of Tri-State Steel presenting a Junior Achievement lesson to Ms. Simpson's kindergarten class at South End Elementary School on March 6, 2017. Mr. Scott is leading the effort to help develop soft skills and financial literacy at an early age through his work with Junior Achievement. Mayor Donecker along with Reidsville City Manager, Preston Mitchell and several of his staff volunteered at South End to assist in the effort over the past four weeks. This is an effort that will be built upon in order to create a future work force in Rockingham County that is "the envy of the state."
Soft Skills Work Group
The Reset Rockingham Soft Skills work group met on February 24, 2017. The intent of the work group is to form a consensus within the county regarding the soft skills that we want to develop in our young people from the time that they are in pre-school through their time with Rockingham County Schools, Rockingham Community College and into the workforce. Click here for an account of the meeting.
RockATOP met on February 15, 2017. The team concluded its work on the Nursing Pathway and planned the content of a video that will be used to promote the pathway. Pictured left to right are: Misty Slade HMS Assistant Principal, Chandra Picket, RCC Director of Education Partnerships; Jason Tuggle, MHS Assistant Principal; Eugen Russell, Morehead Hospital Trustee; Christy Hensley, MHS CDC; Beth Smith, IMC; Joy Toms, parent & MHS Counselor; Jennifer Lester, RCC CTE Director; Alicia Parker, Owner of Royalty Adult and Pediatric Care; Nancy Horton, Department Chair of RCC Nursing Program; Allyson Edwards, Health Science Academy Teacher; and Rebecca Sutton, Health Science Academy student. Not pictured are Debra Ziegler, RCS psychologist; Mark Richardson, County Commissioner Chairman, Diane Sawyer, Reidsville Chamber President and Ken Scott, RCS CTE Director. On behalf of RCS, thank you for your diligence in this important work. Click here for the minutes from the February 15th meeting. The Nursing Pathway Plan can be found here.
DMHS to Offer RCC Electronics Class
Teachers and administrators from Rockingham County Schools and Rockingham Community College met on February 14, 2017 to discuss the plan to have the RCC class DC/AC Electricity course taught by RCC staff on the campus of McMichael High School. We are encouraged by the continued collaboration between the two institutions and are excited about the prospect of having this foundational electronics course made available to our students on their campus.
Two Generations of CTE
Pictured above is Jean Manuel with her daughter Jennifer Flynt. Jean is a 37 year veteran of CTE, working as a Health Science Teacher. Jennifer is completing her 16th year as a Family and Consumer Science teacher. Jennifer was recognized at the February 13th Board Meeting for her successful recertification as a National Board Certi fied teacher. We hope that both Jean and Jennifer will have many more years of positively impacting the lives of Rockingham County students. Click here for more information about National Board Certification.
What's the Plan?
All CTE teachers met duing the week of February 6th to discuss progress toward the goals contained within the 2016-17 CTE local plan and to discuss priorities going forward into the coming school year. The teams of teachers also collaborated around the importance of project based learning, the design process and the critique process. Pictured above is a group of some of our finest CTE teachers from across the district collaborating during the meeting held at Rockingham County High School on February 8th. An account of the discussions that took place at the meetings can be found here::
Morehead Hosts VEX Competition
Morehead High School hosted a VEX Robotics Qualifier competition on February 4, 2017. Pictured above are TED teacher Max Dooley and three of the Morehead High School VEX Robotics team. Many more pictures from the event can be found here.
What do North Carolina Employers say are the difficulties that they experience when acquiring their workforce? The NC Department of Commerce produced a survey in an attempt to answer this question. The Reset Rockingham Team has taken the initiative to attempt to coordinate all Rockingham County Stakeholders in order to produce a workforce that is the envy of the state. The Reset Team produced its own survey which generated similar concerns to that of the state. The NC Commerce results can be found here. The Reset Rockingham survey results can be found here. Stay turned for more from Reset Rockingham.
RCS High School Academy Window Opens
The window for 8th grade students to apply to a High School Academy of their choice has opened. Rising 9th grade students have the opportunity to apply to either the Health Science Academy at MHS, the STEM Academy at DMHS, the Public Safety Academy at RCHS, the IB Academy at RHS or the Early College High School at RCC. Pictured above is Dr. Scott speaking at the STEM Academy Parent Information Night at DMHS on February 1. Click here for more information on the options that are available to rising ninth grade students.
MHS Students Earn Day of Cyber Certificates
Pictured above are Ms. Sheila Thompson and some of her students that took part in the NSA Day of Cyber experience. Ms. Thomas' Business and Digital Media students were featured in the Day of Cyber News Letter. The entry can be found here:Cyber Newsletter”
EMT has landed at RCHS!
The Public Safety program at Rockingham County High Schools has expanded to include Emergency Medical Technician training. Rockingham County Schools welcomes veteran EMT instructor, Ms. Betty Cardwell as the teacher of the classes. Pictured above is Ms. Cardwell along with some of her EMT students in front of the Baptist Aircare Helicopter. Thanks to the Baptist Aircare team for providing our students with this experience.
McMichael High School's Robotics team members take highest honor at the VEX Robotics competition held at McMichael High School on Decembeer 3, 2016. Read more about our student's outstanding performance here:
A team of RCS CTE teachers and RCC teachers met on November 9, 2016 to update our Articulation Agreement. An articulation agreement identifies the classes that are available to high school students that result in the attainment of both high school and college credit. The work was accomplished on November 9th will be submitted to the State Board of Community Colleges for approval. More information about articulations can be found here: Articulation Information
MHS CTE Completers visited Holmes Middle School in Graduation Caps and Gowns which were adorned with green and purple cords. The cords signify each seniors completion of a CTE pathway. CTE completers are students who have completed a series of high school classes designed to prepare them for a particular career. You can find more about CTE Career Clusters here: Career Cluster Guide
Congratulations Lediah King and Philip Sharpe. Lediah and Philip are students in Mr. Tim Buck's Microsoft Academy (MSITA) class at RCHS. They recently took the Microsoft Office Specialist-Word certification exam and both acheived a perfect score of 1000. All high school students within Rockingham County Schools are able to take MSITA class and earn this internationally recognized credential. Great job Lediah and Philip! You can read more about MSITA credentials here: MSITA Site
RockATOP met on November 3, 2016. We welcome new members to the group: Beth Smith, RCS IMC; Alicia Parker, Owner of Royalty Adult & Pediatric Care; Jason Tuggle, MHS Assistant Principal; Misty Slade, HMS Assistant Principal and Rebecca Sutton, MHS student. We were able to make tremendous progress toward rolling out the Nursing Pathway Plan. Read more about our progress here: RockATOP Minutes 11-3-16
Rockingham County High School will add a Criminal Justice pathway to its Public Safety Academy next year. The intent of the pathway is to grant students the possibility of completing several Rockingham Community College classes while still in high school that would count toward an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. (Above) A team of RCS staff members and RCC staff members met on October 21st to work out the plan. Notes from the meeting can be found here: Meeting Notes(I.A.3f)
Rockingham County High School and Riedsville High School students were invited to the Reidsville Showcase again this year. This constitutes the second year that the Reidsville Chamber organized an opportunity for RCHS and RHS students to interact with local business leaders and gain firsthand knowledge of the career opportunities that exist in their own backyard. On behalf of RCHS, RHS and RCS CTE, thanks to all of the businesses that participated in this event and thanks to Chamber President Diane Sawyer and her team for organizing this wonderful experience for our students once again this year. (II.F.5S1)
Reset Rockingham has begun. Reset Rockingham is an initiative that is designed to engage business leaders in discussion and action that will lead to the type of workforce that will fuel the growth of our current businesses and will attract more businesses to our county. Pictured above is Mr. William Collins, NC Department of Commerce Assistant Director of Workforce Solutions as he facillitates a discussion with more than 50 business leaders from across the county at the "Reset Rockingham" Symposium held on Monday Evening (October 3, 2016): More information regarding the event from the evening along with the results a soft skills survey can be found here: Reset Rockingham (I.A.3f)
I AM CTE!
Excitement is in the air at Morehaed High School about their great CTE programs. Check out more pictures here: 2016-17 MHS Pictures -Thanks to Bill Black Chevrolet for donating the funds for the staff shirts.
Our very own Ms. Nicky Edwards was named 2016-17 Rockignham County Schools Teacher of the Year. On behalf of the entire RCS CTE family: Congratualtions Nicky and best of luck at the Regional Teacher of the Year Competition.
Rockingham County Soft Skills
The NC Department of Commerce and the NC Workforce Development board conducted a survey of more than 400 North Caroloina businesses. 26% of the respondents cited the lack of "soft skills" as a reason for their hiring difficulties. But what are the soft skills that employers expect? Shawn Gorman and Jan Critz from the Rockingham County Economic Development & Tourism Board; Marilyn Payne, Anne Willis and Tango Moore from The Rockingham County Education Foundation; and Ken Scott representing Rockingham County Schools met on July 27th to discuss a plan to engage our business community with hopes of answering this critial question. The 2014 Employee Needs Survey can be found here: NC Employer Needs Survey (I.A.3f)
Introduction to Design
The American Management Association lists creativity as one of the most in-demand skills of the 21st Century Economy. But can it be taught? Robert Craddock (RCHS) and Shannon Terrell (DMHS) are attempting to answer this question as they continue the work of revising our Introduction to Design class. Pictured above are Robert and Shannon discussing the content of their Intro to Design classes during a meeting held on July 26, 2016. More information about the class as well as the research that guided its development can be found here:Introduction to Design (A.1S1; B.1S2 and G.6S1)
2016 Summer Conference
CTE Summer Conference is always a great place to gain important information and good training for our programs. It is also a good time connect with colleagues. Ms. Shiela Thompson, MHS; Ms. Nina Walls, RCHS; and Ms. Yolanda Stubblefield, RHS are pictured above duing one of the many break out sessions at this year's conference. Thanks to all that participated in this year's conference.
Ms. Lee O'Neal, Central Region CTE Director approved our 2016-17 CTE plan on June 22, 2016. This approval comes after the appoval of our plan by our board of education on the evening of June 13, 2016. Thanks to the CTE staff and our advisory committee (Rock-ATOP) for your work on the plan. A Narrative of the plan can be found here: 2016-17 Narrative You can view the entire plan here: Complete Plan pdf
CAD in Interior Design: The students in Ms. Melia Cardwell's Interior Design II class at Dalton McMichael High are gaining valuable experience in computer aided design with excellent results. The students rendered interior and exterior views of thier designs in a computer aided design program. The students worked in teams to design a plans for a local business. Students also utilized the CAD program to design their dream homes. The ability to model ideas within a CAD program is a skill crucial to success in engineering, architecture, graphic design, landscape design, and product desing as well as interior design. Thanks to Emily, Corey, Dillon, Katelyn and Brianna for sharing their designs. Click here for a few images of their plans: DMHS Interior CAD Drawings
Congratulations to DMHS Nursing students who earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. Pictured above is DMHS Senior, Lily Clark receiving her CNA pin from Ms. Donna Holder, Health Science Teacher at DMHS. For more information and additional pictures click here: CNA at DMHS
McMichael High and Morehead High Robotics Teams Compete in VEX Worlds Robotics Competition On April 20-23, 2016, more than 1,100 robotics teams from 30 nations gathered at the VEX Worlds Robotics Competition in Louisville, KY, to compete during three days of intense back-to-back matches for the chance to become VEX World Champions. In doing so, these 16,000 robotics teams broke the previously held Guinness World Records title for the largest robotics competition! Just qualifying to compete in this competition places your team in the top 3% in the World. Morehead High School (MHS) and McMichael High School (DMHS) Robotics teams both qualified for this prestigious competition. MHS Robotics is currently the highest ranking team in NC. They finished 69th in the Vex World Competition in their division. Consideringthe other 4 divisions, this places them in the top 350 or 2% of robots in the world. DMHS finished 92nd in their division. When you carry that across the 5 total divisions they will end up being ranked approximately 460 of 16,000 in the world. Congratulations to our Panthers and Phoenix Robotics Teams! The VEX Robotics Championships will be televised on ESPN2 on July 20th at 9 pm.
Chef Jeff Harris from Johnson & Wales University visited Ms. Holland's Foods Classes at Morehead High School. Pictured above are Chef Harris demonstrating making Spring Rolls and Missie Reed from The Art Institute's International Culinary School demonstrating making Sushi. Thanks to Chef Harris and Ms. Reed for doing sucha fantastic job telling our students about their culinary schools the other degrees they offer. Check out the programs at Johnson & Wales here: Johnson & Wales Programs and the Culinary School at the Art Institute here:Art Institute Programs
Ms. Holland's Foods II classes recently completed the Junior Achievement program called “Be Entrepreneurial.” Burton Matherly from Rockingham Office Machines served as the instructor. A prosperous Rockingham County will depend in large part on the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people. We suspect that there are several future entrepreneurs captured in the picture above as well as within the picture found here: Future MHS Entrepreneurs Thanks to Mr. Matherly and Junior Achievement for making this experience possible for our students.
All CTE departments across the district met during the month of March in order to review post-assessment data and to generate improvement strategies. The major emphasis, however was for the teachers to clearly establish"why" each of their particular program exists at their respective schools. Common themes included real-world experienes, project based instruction and transferrable skills. DMHS CTE teachers creatively illustrated this point in the picture above. The ideas genterated by the staaff will be included in the 2016-17 CTE Local Plan.
CONGRATULATIONS MHS & DMHS ROBOTICS TEAMS!
McMichael and Morehead High Schools both qualified for and attended the NC Vex Robotics Competition (VRC) State Championship on March 12th 2016. Out of the 33 attending teams only 4 teams made it to the final championship match. Of the 4 teams in the in the final match Morehead was paired with McMichael and opposing them was Jay M. Robinson paired with a second McMichael team. Due to amazing team work, Jay M. Robinson and McMichael together won the NC State Championship. This honor qualifies Jay M. Robinson and McMichael for a spot at the Vex World Championship in April. The 3rd and final Vex World's spot goes to the winner of the excellence award (the highest honor in vex robotics). The 2016 NC excellence award went to Morehead High School for their performance in all categories (judging, skills, and the tournament). Good luck to DMHS and MHS in the World Championship Competition next month!
Fire Fighting at RCHS
Cheif Josh Evans and his Fire Fighter students converted an unused mobile unit into a training excercise space. The space was designed to simulate the sort of environment that these future Fire Fighters are certain to encounter. Pictured above are several of RCHS Fire Fire Fighter students attempting to navigate the course.
Steve Scott, President of Tri-State Steel and Gale Murphy from Junior Achievement joined our Career Coordinators on February 26th to discuss how Junior Achievement might assist Rockingham County Schools in our effort to create a prosperous future for the county. JA intends to place most of its efforts at the elementary school level at the onset; but hopes to support middle and high school students with job shadowing and internship opportunities in the near future. Notes taken from the discussion can be found here: Junior Achievement Notes
Great Job; But still work to do.
Our CTE test results from 2014-15 exceeded state average once again. Of the 24 districts that are included in the Central Region, only four districts achieved a higher percentage of proficiency. We were within 1/2 of a percentage point of 3 of the 4 disticts which achieved a greater level of proficiency. Departments will meet in March to discuss plans for building on this success for the 2016-17 school year. Test results for the entire state can be downloaded here: 2014-15 CTE Results
The High School Options Fair took place on February 4th. Holmes Middle School eigtht grade students got a chance to see all of the great opportunities that will be available to them as MHS students next year. The eighth graders got a chance to hear from current MHS Students that represented each CTE pathway that exists at MHS. The eighth graders also got a chance to hear from Rockingham Community College staff members regarding the post secondary opportunities that exist in their own back yard.
Rockingham County is in the early stages of becoming a "Work-Ready Community." A Work-Ready Community is a community that is nationally recognized as demonstrating that they have in place "a robust workforce development effort aligned to their economic development needs." Our Economic Development Board will initially focus on increasing the work readiness of displaced adult workers in Rockingham County as measured by the attainment of Work Ready Certificates. Large numbers of our High School students are already obtaining this credential. We look forward to collaborating with the Rockingham Economic Development team in promoting the value of this credential- both to the individual and to the future of Rockingham County. Click the following link for more information regarding Work-Ready Communities. Work-Ready Communities
McMichael and Morehead High Schools host the first VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) in Rockingham County on January 18, 2016. The robotics competition dubbed "I have a dream", in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was played at McMichael High School on MLK Jr. Day. Fifteen teams of drivers and programmers brought their machines and competed in both robot skills and programming skills challenges. Teams also played in qualification matches which led to the crowing event, the tournament finals. After some hard fought battles, both McMichael High and Morehead High shut out the competition in every event and collected all 8 event trophies.
McMichael and Morehead Robotics teams headed down to Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, on January 9th 2016, for the first robotics competition of the season. Little did each team know, they would win out of 8 out the 12 high school trophies and McMichael would capture both the Excellence Award and Tournament Champions. The competition this year includes robots that can throw 4" foam balls into high and low goals on a playing field. Over 100 balls are used each match! The next competition will be on Monday, January 18th at McMichael High School. The competition dubbed... "I have a dream - NC VRC Northern Qualifier' is a McMichael/Morehead co-hosted event that will be the first Vex robotics competition in Rockingham County. This competition will be held roughly 8am-4pm and spectating is free of charge. Check out the final round here: Video and the awards ceremony here: Ceremony
January 5, 2016
Morehead High School Entrepreneurship students engaged in an authentic marketing experience as they presented their ideas for how the Miller-Coors plant might be re-purposed. The groups, under the leadership of MHS Marketing teacher, Lisa Mills, presented their ideas to community leaders and recieved feedback. Click the image above to find aditional pictures from these fantastic presentations.
December 7, 201521ST Century Skills are in parctice at the STEM Academy at DMHS. DMHS STEM students presented their design ideas for a bus stop shelter to be constructed in down-town Madison. The Students presented their ideas to a jury of individuals who posed questions and critiqued the designs. This project represents an excellent example of the incoorparation of 21st Century Skills (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication) within an authentic learning experience. Read More Here
November 13, 2015Welcome new Rock-ATOP members! The Rockingham County Apprenticeship & Technical Opportunities Partnership will create a pathway within the field of Health Science this year. The group will work to create a sequence of RCS and RCC courses as well as work-based learning experiences for Rockingham County Schools' students that will lead to a promising career in the field of Health Care. Minutes from the November 13th meeting can be found here: RockATOP 11/13/15 Minutes